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Iowa Court of Appeals to Hear Oral Arguments at Grand View University and DMACC–Ankeny Campus

February 15, 2018

Des Moines, February 15, 2018  The Iowa Court of Appeals will hear oral arguments at Grand View University, 2811 East 14th St., Des Moines, February 21 at 1:30 p.m., and at the DMACC Ankeny Campus, 2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard, February 22 at 10:00 a.m. The court will hear two cases at Grand View and three cases at DMACC. Following the oral arguments, the court of appeals judges will take questions from the audience. The hearings are open to the public and the court encourages people to attend.

At Grand View, the court will hear attorneys argue the cases of State v. Lee Christensen, an Emmet County case, and Helmers v. City of Des Moines, a Polk County case. At DMACC, the court will hear attorneys argue the cases of State v. Anthony Pace, a Floyd County case, State v. Blake King, a Bremer County case, and State v. Eddie Hicks, a Dubuque County case.

Grand View
Wednesday, February 21, 1:30 p.m.
2811 East 14th St., Des Moines,
Student Center, Viking Theatre

17-0085 State v. Christensen from Emmet County  

Case context:

Lee Samuel Christensen appeals from his conviction for second-degree murder, claiming he should be granted a new trial based upon juror misconduct and jury bias. He asserts social media posts affected the jury’s deliberations. He also contends the prosecutor improperly questioned a witness and the court’s curative jury instruction was not sufficient to purge the prejudicial effect of the testimony.


17-0794 Helmers v. City of Des Moines from Polk County  

Case context:

Dianna Helmers challenges the City of Des Moines’ seizure and confinement of Pinky, a seven-year-old mixed-breed dog, and declaration that Pinky is dangerous. She contends the city’s animal ordinances violate due process.


DMAAC Ankeny Campus
Thursday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.
2006 S. Ankeny Boulevard, Ankeny
Building 5, room 1240

16-1725 State v. Pace from Floyd County  

Case context:

Anthony Pace appeals from his conviction for domestic abuse assault while displaying a dangerous weapon, claiming violations of his right to confront a four-year-old witness. He also contends the court improperly assessed fees in an unknown amount to him at sentencing and that newly-discovered evidence warrants he be granted a new trial.


17-0063 State v. King from Bremer County 

Case context:

Blake King appeals from his convictions for burglary and sexual abuse, which merged into a conviction for one count of first-degree burglary. He challenges the trial court’s denial of his motions to strike two jurors for cause, claims his trial counsel’s performance was constitutionally deficient in failing to move for judgments of acquittal and in not raising an intoxication defense, and argues there was insufficient evidence to support the convictions.


17-0130 State v. Hicks from Dubuque County 

Case context:

Eddie Hicks appeals from his conviction for first-degree murder, claiming the court erred in denying his motion to suppress, there was insufficient evidence he acted with specific intent to kill, his motion for substitute counsel was improperly denied, prosecutorial misconduct deprived him of a fair trial, there was an intervening cause of death, the trial judge should have recused himself, and he was denied the effective representation of counsel.

The Iowa Court of Appeals is an intermediate appellate court. It reviews appeals from trial court decisions the Iowa Supreme Court has transferred to it. A decision of the Iowa Court of Appeals is final unless the Iowa Supreme Court reviews it on grant of further review. Some opinions of the Iowa Court of Appeals are published and become precedent for subsequent cases. The Iowa Court of Appeals decides the majority of appeals filed in Iowa.

Appeals cases are a multi-judge review of a single judge’s decision. There are no jury members at these proceedings. Typically, the Iowa Court of Appeals decides cases with randomly selected panels that change in composition every three months. The appellate court process will allow DMACC students, faculty, staff, and the public to develop a perspective on how courts operate. For more information about the Iowa Court of Appeals and the Iowa court system, visit the Iowa Judicial Branch website at


Note to news media

News media are invited to attend the oral arguments. Court rules apply regarding still camera, video camera, audio recording devices, and other electronic devices used during the oral arguments.  Information on expanded media coverage is available on the Iowa Judicial Branch website at

The Iowa Court Rules regarding cameras and other electronic devices in courtrooms are on the Iowa Legislature website at .



For More Information:

News Release
February 15, 2018
Contact: Steve Davis, (515) 725-8058 or

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